He’s the smallest dog in the world, but he’s got a huge place in your heart. He’s fragile, cute, cuddly and lively. You can barely remember life without Oscar, your Chihuahua. However, it hasn’t all been without problems. Unfortunately, Oscar is deaf. But this doesn’t mean his life should be massively impaired. He’s still bright and intelligent, so you’d like to teach him some basic tricks. In fact, whether he was born unable to hear or whether he lost his hearing later on in life, he’s still able to learn useful commands like other dogs.
Training Oscar some easy tricks will be fantastic for him and you. It will mean you are able to instruct him to sit, for example, before meals. It can mean you can get him to wait by roads since he can’t hear traffic. It also means you can still get him to perform for you when guests are over.
Because your Chihuahua is deaf, training will, of course, have its challenges. For example, you won’t be able to use a clicker or verbal commands. However, there is still a number of effective techniques you can use. You simply need to appeal to his other senses, such as his sight and his appetite. So training will consist of carefully showing him what it is you want him to do and then reinforcing the trick with a tasty incentive.
If Oscar is young he should be a fast learner. This means you could see results in just a few days. However, if he’s older and fairly uninterested in learning anything new then you may need several weeks. Succeed and you’ll have a great way to bond with your Chihuahua while also teaching him useful commands that can help keep him safe.
Before you get to work, you will need to get your hands on a few things. You will need a generous supply of treats or small pieces of his favorite food. Toys will also be required. A flashlight and leash will be needed too.
You don’t need to set aside too much time for training. Just 10 minutes or so each day should do the job. You can practice in a quiet room or outside in the yard.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!